Airhead Work

Here are 576 half-square triangles, each measuring 4.5″ per side. That’s 64 each of nine separate colors, all planned off of a 70s-sunset-airbrushed-on-the-side-of-a-van color palette. Each pile started as 8 pairs of 10″ squares (cut from bolts of cloth), stitched twice crosswise: Those squares were then cut into 8 triangles: Which were then butterflied and… Continue reading Airhead Work

My First Quilt

I got into quilting because we finally had enough money to buy a real bed and high-quality mattress, which ended up being larger than the one we had used for years.  We splurged on nice sheets but when we got to blankets we were unimpressed–they were all ugly, expensive or both. So I decided to… Continue reading My First Quilt

Crazy Quilt

This is my 8th quilt.  It started as a backing for the quilt I made for Merlin, but it was too cool to use as a quilt backing and it seemed like it had some California vibes, specifically it seemed like it should go to our toddler friend Julia.   The concept started with the… Continue reading Crazy Quilt

The Epistolary Moment

Two anecdotes about receiving mail, followed by a probably clumsy cultural analysis: There’s a photo of Merlin at the end, too.   Item one: Once each September I send an email to one of my oldest friends, whom I haven’t seen in 15-ish years, as a sort of birthday gift.   Because my birthday is… Continue reading The Epistolary Moment

The Enemy of Done

I’m not sure if anyone actually wants to read about quilts so I tried to have some Ideas about it. There’s also photos of Merlin involved. The old saw you use on someone when you want them to hurry up, “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good” has a lesser known corollary.   Don’t… Continue reading The Enemy of Done

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Orphaned Objects

Despite acquiring the bulk of my wardrobe from thrift stores for most of my life I have an emotional allergy to the retail experience presented at thrift stores. I have to wash clothes from the thrift store twice, usually, because the smell of the industrial detergent they use will occasionally trigger migraines. . This phenomenon… Continue reading Orphaned Objects

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Games, Ironic Distance, and Journaling

There are two broad types of games, games of chance (roulette) and games of skill (chess) though most games (poker, basketball, board games, etc) lie somewhere on a spectrum between them. Something I find interesting is the implicit nature we have, whether as spectators or participants to narrativize a game. I have given several talks… Continue reading Games, Ironic Distance, and Journaling

Why, though?

I joined facebook in 2004 and joined twitter in 2007 (I think, my current account is from 2013 or something). I joined instagram in 2016, I believe. I have used them to keep up with friends, market various businesses, harass politicians, get a confederacy memorial torn down and generally Build A Personal Brand. Perhaps I… Continue reading Why, though?